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French Alps Student Answers Questions about Study Abroad

Patrick Cornell, a student studying abroad in the French Alps for Spring 2011, offers this insight into his program:

How well do I have to speak French to live and study in the French Alps?

I would suggest having at least a basic understanding of the language. It's possible to get by with no previous French, but it would take a lot more effort.

Why did I choose to study abroad in the French Alps?

I didn't want to study in Paris (anyone can go to Paris), and the pictures of the city and the mountains won me over.

My favorite course is:

"Histoire de la France contemporaine" because the professor is engaging and interesting.

How east is it to see other parts of Europe on my own time?

It's pretty easy as long as you plan in advance. The 12-25 Carte (student reduction train card) helps a lot.

Aren't you stuck in the mountains? What do students do for fun?

I never get tired of looking at the mountains, so even if I were "stuck" here, I would be perfectly content. There's always something to do in the city and in the mountains.

Best place to eat?

Quick food: Cheese Naan (Algerian sauce all the way).
Tasty food: Pain et Co. is always great.

Best place to people watch?
Place Victor Hugo.

Best place to... 

... enjoy the warm spring weather? The park behind Musée de Grenoble.
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